Dinosaur Rocker

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Project by Owlcroft posted 12-20-2013 05:42 PM 4542 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last gift for my Grandson Merrick is finished just under the wire. He has really gotten into Dinosaurs so what better than a Dinosaur rocker.

The main body is made from 2” x 12” pine. The body, neck and tail are cut separately and assembled, according to plan with 1/4” dowels. Instead of trying to drill and align the holes for the dowels to attach the neck and tail to the body I decided to use my Plate Joiner and attach them using #20 biscuits; worked great. The plans called for 1” x 12”s for the over body. Problem with using 1” x 12”s was I would have to use two pieces to cover the body. Since 3/4” plywood is approximately the same thickness, and since it would be painted, I decided to cut the over body out of a single piece of cabinet grade 3/4” plywood. Saved time and worked great.

The eye lids are small bowls from the Craft store I cut in half over wood button plugs. I used 1/4” dowels to attach the button plug to the eyelids. Then I used a sander to thin and shape the eyelids. Attaching the eyes was easy, all I had to do was drill a hole for the button plug where I wanted to place the eye and glue the button plug and eyelid in place.

My biggest challenge was painting the project. This is the 1st project I had to paint. In the past I have been able to use contrasting wood and various wood finishes to finish my projects. Painting has always intimidated me. I had several problems painting the Rocker. 1st problem is deciding the type of paint to use. I decided to use water based paint as my shop is in an attach garage with limited ventilation. The other advantage to water based is it cleans up in the sink with soap and water.

First mistake I made is 2 of the paints were over 10 years old. Once I started using them the die was cast. I had to paint quickly as it dried extremely fast. I will be tossing both. I will also be buying the smallest amount of paint required to finish the project in the future.

I see a lot of Internet research in the future to determine the type of water based paint best for wood projects and techniques for preparing, painting and sealing projects. My first step is to talk to crafter friends of mine who sell yard art at craft shows. He does all the base painting and she does the detail painting. I will be looking for more projects that need painting so I can finally get over my reluctance to use paint on my projects. Besides, I have a lot of cheap scrap wood I can use on projects if I use a paint finish.

-- Owlcroft

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#1 posted 12-20-2013 06:35 PM

Another Grandchild that will really be happy with their gift from Grandpa..

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 12-20-2013 08:09 PM

That’s a dandy dino, Owlcroft!

Since your grandson’s into dinosaurs, you should check out David Wakefield’s dino book. Lots of great toys and even some dinosaur furniture, swings, and a coat rack. As with most of David’s books, it’s out of print, but used copies are available through Amazon.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#3 posted 12-20-2013 11:34 PM

This is sure to be a hit! Nice work on a really good project, for a fine grandson, I’m sure.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 12-22-2013 01:16 PM

Rock on, Godzilla. Nice one.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 12-22-2013 03:17 PM

That’s pretty cute. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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